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The Vanishing Architecture of Midcentury Rest Stops

Adele Peters

It's a road trip staple in many parts of the United States: the classic rest stop. FastCoDesign reports that the first rest stop was a DIY picnic table set up by a Michigan roadside, inspiring the state DOT to build its own. As highways grew across the country, so did rest stops. Now, as rest stops are losing the fight to commercial alternatives, a photographer is documenting the ones that are left, and what they mean—as places for rest, nostalgia, and connection to local history.

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